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Suns Rotation Possibilities (Benching Carter)




Its thanksgiving night and you are enjoying your favorite side dish of mashed potatoes and gravy. Scooping endless plops of taters onto your plate, each scoop exactly as good as the last. Sadly, it is not an everlasting supply of mashed potatoes and gravy. You cannot keep going back to the bowl and continuing to get the exact sized scoop each time. That’s what the Suns have in Vince Carter, an almost empty bowl of mashed potatoes. The bowl no longer contains 20 plus points per game or potatoes, and no more 5 rebounds and 5 assists or gravy. The “Carter Expirament” clearly has shown that he is an almost empty bowl of mashed potatoes.

Luckily, the Suns have stashed away at the end of the bench a proven NBA player who is younger, more athletic wing that provides solid rebounding, defense, and most importantly HUSTLE. Simply replacing Childress for Carter will not fill the missing void of Jason Richardson’s scoring and shooting abilities. Jared Dudley went absolutely nuts the several games after the trade with the Orlando Magic setting career high numbers in scoring in successive games.

The expanding of Dudley’s role and inserting him into the starting lineup would be the correct thing to do in the long run for the current make up of this team. With the combination of Dudley and Hill starting and Pietrus and Childress off the bench would be a potent rotation of the shooting guard and small forward positions. Dudley and Pietrus both are above average shooters and Hill and Childress are serviceable at shooting threes in the flow of the offense. Gentry has been quoted to saying that Childress does not allow the offense to be spaced enough, which is clearly not a problem.

The suns will play good enough to sneak into the playoffs at this rate and current rotation, but with this new rotation (broken down below) I could easily see the Suns working all the way up to the sixth seed and be set up to try and make another run in the playoffs once again

 

First Unit

Second Unit

Nash

Dragic

Dudley

Pietrius

Hill

Childress

Frye

Frye/Warrick

Lopez/Gortat

Gortat/Lopez

 

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->The rotation would largely be the same with Lopez and Gortat splitting minutes depending on how well one is playing that particular game and if Frye is playing well, that takes away from Warrick’s playing time

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